By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger insists it would be "criminal" for Arsenal to feel sorry for themselves after their setbacks in Milan and Sunderland.

A 4-0 defeat at the San Siro and a 2-0 reverse at the Stadium of Light have all but ended the Gunners' hopes of landing a trophy this season but they have a number of big games on the horizon - starting with the North London derby against Tottenham on Sunday.

Wenger has called on his players to pick themselves up and finish the campaign on a high.

"It is not the easiest task but that is part of our job," he said.

"You can't complain - we are in a fantastic job and we have a big game in front of us. To feel sorry for ourselves would be criminal. We have a good opportunity to show that we have character, that we have the mental qualities to play for this Club and so let's go for it."

It has been a bad week or so for Wenger but the Frenchman believes his team can maintain its momentum in the Premier League.

"We had disappointing results, especially in Milan," he said.

"The Sunderland game was a bit unfortunate for two reasons: we played three away games on difficult pitches and the game was positioned on an impossible day for us after coming back from Milan. We lost a game against a team with zero shots on target, we scored two own goals.

"We were a bit unlucky because Sunderland played well but there was a 100 per cent penalty on Robin van Persie, things went against us but we won just one week before against Sunderland in the league.

"In the championship we have drawn 0-0 at Bolton and beat Blackburn with a good score. Let's continue our run. No matter what we say at the moment it will be printed in a negative way. So it is up to us to transform that in a positive way."

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